Hatch River Expeditions records, 1927-2007  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hatch River Expeditions
Title
Hatch River Expeditions records
Dates
1927-2007 (inclusive)
Quantity
47 linear feet
Collection Number
Accn1325
Summary
The Hatch River Expeditions records contain correspondence, logs, employment records and oral histories from the Hatch family. Robert Rafael "Bus" Hatch and his brothers, Alton and Tom, began boating in the Vernal, Utah area in the late 1920s and formed Hatch River Expeditions, one of the best known river outfitters in the western United States.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this Collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Rafael " Bus" Hatch and his brothers Alton and Tom began boating in the Vernal, Utah, area in the late 1920s. They ran the Green River in 1931, the Green and Colorado through Cataract Canyon in 1933, and the Grand Canyon in 1934. In 1935-36, they ran the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, as well as the Main Salmon. By the end of World War II, Bus Hatch in particular had become known as a river runner. With the controversy over the planned Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument in the late 1940s and early 1950s, many people turned to Bus Hatch and his sons, Don, Ted, and Frank, to take them down the Green and Yampa Rivers. During the controversy, Hatch River Expeditions outfitted river trips for both pro-dam and anti-dam groups, trips that often included over 100 people. This was the true genesis of Hatch River Expedtions. After the controversy, and through the 1960s, the name Hatch became synonymous with river running, especially in the western United States. By the end of the 20th century, Hatch had become one of the best-known river outfitters in existence. [maybe add this:] Bus Hatch died in 1967, and two of his sons, Don and Ted, took over and expanded the business. By the late 1970s, it had grown so much that they split it between them, with Don taking the Green, Salmon, and upper Colorado Rivers, and Ted concentrating on the Grand Canyon. Don died in 1994; Ted retired and sold his business to his son Steve in 2007. Meg Hatch, widow of Don, sold her part of the business the same year, but the Hatch name, and the Hatch legacy, will be recognized whenever people run a wild river.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hatch River Expeditions records contain correspondence, logs, employment records and oral histories from the Hatch family.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Hatch River Expeditions records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Hatch River Expeditions records, Accn 1325, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1325.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal Correspondence, 1921-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1-3
Correspondence
1927
4-5
Oral Histories and River Stories
6
Eulogy and Notes
7
Medical Documents
8
Receipts
1927
9
Tax Forms
1956-1958

Personal and Family Papers, 1929-1958Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Folder
1
Frank Hatch Personal Documents
1929-1931
2
Oral Histories
1954
3
River Stories
4
"We're Safe Now, We're On The River: The Story of Bud Hatch
5
Medical Documents
6
Eulogy and Notes
7
Tax Forms
1956-1958
8
Printed Material

Business Correspondence, 1954Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
3
Folder
1-3
Correspondence
1954
4-5
Complimentary Correspondence
1954

Business Correspondence, 1950sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Name Files, A-Z, 1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Name Files, M, and A-G, 1956-1957Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Container(s) Description Dates
box
6
Folder
1
M
1956
2-3
A-G
1957

Name Files, H-Z, 1957Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

Name Files A-V, 1958Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

Correspondence, 1966-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Correspondence, 1966-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Correspondence, 1966-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Correspondence, 1966-1967Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

Container(s) Description Dates
box
12
Folder
1
Correspondence
1965
2-3
Correspondence
1966
4-5
Correspondence
1967

Correspondence, 1967-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Correspondence, 1968-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 15

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 16

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 17

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 18

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 19

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 20

Letters of Inquiry, 1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21

Business Correspondence, A-H, 1965-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 22

Business Correspondence, H-M, 1965-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 23

Business Colrrespondence, L-W, 1965-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 24

Business Correspondence, 1967-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 25

Name Files, A-Z, 1966-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 26

Name Files, B-Z, 1967-1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 27

Name Files, D-M, 1968Return to Top

Container(s): Box 28

Name Files, K-T, 1968-1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 29

Name Files, R-W, and Trips Inquiries, 1969Return to Top

Container(s): Box 30

Information Requests, 1970sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 31

Correspondence, A-C, 1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 32

Correspndence D-H, 1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 33

Correspondence, I-P, 1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 34

Correspondence, R-Z, 1970Return to Top

Container(s): Box 35

ColoradoTax Documents and Correspondence, 1968-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 36

Container(s) Description Dates
box
36
Folder
1
Colorado Tax Revenue
1968-1976
2
Business Correspondence
1970s
3-5
Correspondence
1970-1971

Correspondence, 1970-1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box .37

Passenger Lists, and Name Files, 1970-1971Return to Top

Container(s): Box 38

Container(s) Description Dates
box
38
Folder
1
Passenger List
1970
2
Correspondence, 1970-1971
3
Name Filesm W
1970
4-5
Name Files A-P
1971

Name Files, A-M, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 39

Name Files, J-Y, 1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 40

Name Files, B-W, 1972-1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 41

Container(s) Description Dates
box
41
Folder
1-2
Name Files, B-W
1972
3-5
Name Files, K-L
1973

Name Files, J-Z, 1972-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 42

Container(s) Description Dates
box
42
Folder
1-3
Name Files, R-Z
1972-1973
4-5
Name Files, B-Y
1974

Name Files, A-Z, Licenses and Applications, 1971-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 43

Container(s) Description Dates
box
43
Folder
1-3
Licenses and Applications
1971-1974
Box
4-5
Name Files, A-Z
1973-1974

Correspondence, A-F, 1974-1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 44

Logs and Files, 1971-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 45

Container(s) Description Dates
box
45
Folder
1
Pilot Log Books
1971
2
Arizona Licenses
1972
3
Winchester File
1972
4-5
Name Files, T-Z
1974
6
Travel Agents
1974

Name Files, A-F, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 46

Name Files, G-O, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 47

Name Files, M-V, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 48

Name Files and Trip Expenses, 1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 49

Container(s) Description Dates
box
49
Folder
1
Name Files, W-Z
1975
2
Motor, Motel, and Insurance
1975
3
Licenses, Liquor, and Legal Fees
1975
4
Marine and Life Packets
1975
5
Grand Canyon Caverns and Mule Train Tours
1975
6
Groceries and Gas
1975
7
Idaho Miscellaneous and Hualapai Reservation
1975

Correspondence and InformationReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 50

Container(s) Description Dates
box
50
Folder
1
Grand Canyon Geologic Information
1971
2-4
Correspondence, G-V
1974-1975
5
State and Professional Correspondence
1975
6-9
Park Service Correspondence
1972-1974

Trip Correspondence, 1975-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 51

Finances and Regulations, 1972-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 52

Container(s) Description Dates
box
52
Folder
1
Finances and Taxes
1972
2
Legal Issues
1973
3
"Mules and Mercurys"
1973
4
U.S. Coast Guard Regulations1974
5-7
Monthly Paperwork
1976
8
Receipts
1976
9
Brochures

Name Files, A-Z, 1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 53

B.L.M. Correspondence and Canyonland Information, 1970-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 54

Container(s) Description Dates
box
54
Folder
1
B.L.M. Information
1970-1976
2-3
Canyonland Catalogs and Information
1975-1976
4
Catalogs and Promotions

Dinosaur National Monument Trips and Assessments, 1971-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 55

Container(s) Description Dates
box
55
Folder
1
Trips
1971-1972
2-5
General Information and Correspondence
1973-1976
6-7
Environmental Impact Assessments, and Ccorrespondence
1972-1976

Trip Correspondence, 1974-1975Return to Top

Container(s): Box 56

Trips, Confirmations, and PermitsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 57

Container(s) Description Dates
box
57
Folder
1
Legal Documents and Correspondence
1971
2-4
Middlefork Correspondence, Trips, Permits, and Agreements
1970-1975
5
Permits and Ledgers
1975
6
Receipts and Confirmations
7
Trip Confirmations
1975

Applications, Resumes, and Sierra Club Correspondence, 1950-1976Return to Top

Container(s): Box 58

Container(s) Description Dates
box
58
Folder
1
Applications and Resumes
1967-1976
2-8
Sierra Club Correspondence
1950-1972

Correspondence and Receipts, 1951-1960sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 59a

Container(s) Description Dates
box
59a
Folder
1
Construction Project Correspondence
1951-1952
2
Construction Projects
1953
3
Specifications and Receipts
1953
4
Use Permits and Receipts
1953
5
Correspondence
1956
6-7
Correspondence
1960s

Tours and Name FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 59b

Container(s) Description Dates
box
59b
Folder
1
Middlefork Correspondence
1961
2
Tours and Itineraries
3
Kennedy Family Trip
1967
4
Passenger List and Receipts
1968
5
Name Files, W-Y
1968
6
Name Files, D-H
`
D-H1969

Regulations, Correspondence, and Travel AgentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 59c

Container(s) Description Dates
box
59c
Folder
1
Business Correspondence
1965-1968
2
Coast Guard Regulations
3
Travel Agents
1973
4
Legal Documents
1974

Complimentary Correspondence, 1968-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 59e

Name Files, A-J, 1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 59d

Trip Arrangements and ApplicationsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 60

THIS BOX IS WHERE THE TAX SPLIT STARTS.

Container(s) Description Dates
box
60
Folder
1-4
Trip Arrangements
1977
5
Applications
1978

Trip Rosters, 1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 61

Weekly Reports, 1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 62

Trip Arrangements and Mailing Lists, 1977Return to Top

Container(s): Box 63

Container(s) Description Dates
box
63
Folder
1-5
Trip Arrangements, A-Z
1977
6
Mailing List Correspondence
1977

Name Files, A-Z, 1977-1978Return to Top

Container(s): Box 64

Launch Correspondence, 1979Return to Top

Container(s): Box 65

Launch Correspondence and Name Files, 1978-1979Return to Top

Container(s): Box 66

Container(s) Description Dates
box
66
Folder
1-2
Launch Correspondence
1979
3-7
Name Files, A-Z
1978

Western River Guides Association (W.R.G.A.) Correspondence, 1980-1983Return to Top

Container(s): Box 67

Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) Correspondence, 1977-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box 68

Dinosaur National Monument, 1978-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 69

Container(s) Description Dates
box
69
Folder
1
Files
1978
2-4
General Information
1979-1982
5
Standards
1984

Dinosaur National Monument Association and Reports, 1981-1992Return to Top

Container(s): Box 70

Container(s) Description Dates
box
70
Folder
1
Travel Agency Financial Reports and Memorandums
1981-1992
2
Travel Board
1987-1992
3
Newsletters
1988-1992
4
Memorandums and Meetings
1988-1992
5
Annual Reports and Minutes
1988-1992
6
Nature Association
1991-1992

Dinosaurland National Monument, 1986-1993Return to Top

Container(s): Box 71

Container(s) Description Dates
box
71
Folder
1
Monument Documents
1986
2
Department of the Interior
1988
3-4
Travel Board
1988-1992
5-6
Donation Requests
1992
7
Environmental Impact Statement
1993

Dinosaur National Monument Name Change, 1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 72

Container(s) Description Dates
box
72
Folder
1-4
Name Change Documents
1990
5
Printed Material

Dinosaur Nature Association Documents, 1989-1991Return to Top

Container(s): Box 73

Container(s) Description Dates
box
73
Folder
1-2
By-Laws
1989-1991
3
Minutes
1990
4-5
Documents
1990-1991

Canyonlands, 1978-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 74

Trip Rosters, 1980Return to Top

Container(s): Box 75

Trip Rosters and Arrangements, 1980Return to Top

Container(s): Box 76

Container(s) Description Dates
box
76
Folder
1-2
Trip Rosters
1980
3-6
Trip Arrangements
1980

Name Files, A-Z, 1980-1983Return to Top

Container(s): Box 77

Container(s) Description Dates
box
77
Folder
1-2
Name Files, A-Z
1980
3-6`
Name Files, A-Z
1982-1983

Name Files, A-Z, 1983-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 78

Container(s) Description Dates
box
78
Folder
1
Name Files, G-L
1983
2-4
Name Files, G-Z
1984
5-6
Name Files, A-R
1985

Trip and Travel Arrangements, 1980-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 79

Trip and Travel Arrangements, 1983-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box 80

Trip Arrangements and Passenger Lists, 1983-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box 81

Container(s) Description Dates
box
81
Folder
1-3
Trip Arrangements
1983-1984
4
Range Tours
1984
5-8
Passenger Lists
1985

Name Files, A-Z, 1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 82

Container(s) Description Dates
box
82
Folder
1
Idaho Trip Name Files, A-Z
1979
2-5
Name Files, A-W
1987
6
Hatch Masterfile

Correspondence and Companies, 1981-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 83

Container(s) Description Dates
box
83
Folder
1-3
Selway Trips, Correspondence, and Waiting Lists
1979
4
Flaming George, Cross Mountain, and Juniper Dams Project
1980-1983
5
Retail Aviation, Anderson Camp, Dinosaur National Park
1981-1985
6
Anderson Camps
1986-1987
7
Airplane Forms and Receipts
8
Colorado River Outfitters Association
1987-1988
9
Flying Cataract
1987-1989

Trip Reports, 1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box 84

Employee FormsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 85

Container(s) Description Dates
box
85
Folder
1
Employee Conduct and Expectation
2-4
Employment Applications
1977-1981
3
Boat Man Correspondence
4
Trip Protocols
5
Acknowledgement of Risk Forms
6
River Runner Preparation Documents

Cataract Canyon, Middlefork, and Selway Trips, 1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box 86

Business and Book Correspondence, 1980-1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 87

Environmental Concerns, 1980-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box 88

Container(s) Description Dates
box
88
Folder
1
Environmental Concerns
2
Dinaland Country Club
1980
2-3
W.R.G.A. Meetings
1980-1983
5
Financial Information
6
Asphalt Mining Proposal
1986

Use Evaluations, 1977-1996Return to Top

Container(s): Box 89

Container(s) Description Dates
box
89
Folder
1
Forest Service-Selway
1977
2
Topical Reports
3
Use Records
1984
4
Specials And Evaluations
5
Colorado Regulations
1992
6
Idaho Licensing
1996
7
Concession Informationand Reform
1998

Business Documents, 1977-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 90

Container(s) Description Dates
box
90
Folder
1
Corporate Documents
1977
2
Receipts and Accounts
1984
3
Medical Receipts
1994
4
Utah Tourism Study
1987
5
"Ma and Pa at Home and Elsewhere"
6
Itiinerary Changes
1987-1989
7-8
Clippngs

Printed Material and Miscellaneous DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 91

Trip Arrangements and Japanese River TripReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 92

Container(s) Description Dates
box
92
Folder
1-5
Trip Arrangements
1973-1984
6
Japanese River Trup
1986

Employee Name FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 93

Employee Name FilesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 94

River Trip CalendarsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 95-99

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Rafting (Sports)--West (U.S.)
  • Rivers--West (U.S.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Hatch, Bus (contributor)
  • Family Names :
  • Hatch family
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Logs (records)